Blasch Precision Ceramics introduces abrasion resistant CeraLine product line

Ceramic technology manufacturer Blasch Precision Ceramics Inc. (Albany, N.Y.), has announced CeraLine, its new abrasion resistant product line including ceramic-lined elbows, pipe, and spool linings. Specifically designed for harsh environments within mining, power generation and other heavy industrial processing industries, Blasch’s new CeraLine family of products exhibits exceptional wear and abrasion resistance which results in unparalleled life.

Precision Castparts expands into ceramics with acquisition of Composites Horizons

Precision Castparts Corp. has agreed to acquire Composites Horizons LLC from American Industrial Partners. Composites Horizons is an independent supplier of high-temperature carbon and ceramic composite components, including ceramic matrix composites, for use in next-generation aerospace engines. Composites Horizons manufactures specialized, performance-critical components with exceptional strength and high-temperature tolerance. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Kyocera’s recrystallized blue sapphire sparkles in new Casio Oceanus watch

Kyocera Corp. announced that the company’s recrystallized blue sapphire gemstones are being used in the new Casio Oceanus lineup of solar-powered, radio-controlled watches. Developed based on Kyocera’s unique crystal technology, the synthetic mineral realizes luminous elegance in the new watch design. With less impurities compared with natural gemstones, the synthetic mineral features brilliant coloration and high transparency while enabling easy cutting.

Ceramic membrane market report forecasts to 2020

Research and Markets has added a new market report, “Ceramic Membrane Market by Material, by Application, by Technology, by Region – Global Trends & Forecasts to 2020.” The ceramic membrane market is projected to register a market size of $5.1 billion by 2020, signifying a firm annualized growth of 11.7% between 2015 and 2020. Emerging countries, such as China, Brazil, and India, are acknowledged to be important drivers for overall market growth.

China manufacturing slumps to 15-month low

China’s manufacturing slumped to a 15-month low in July in a fresh sign of deterioration in the world’s second biggest economy, a survey showed. The manufacturing index based on a survey of factory purchasing managers fell to 48.2 this month from 49.4 in June. It uses a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 indicate expansion. Employment in China’s giant manufacturing industry, which employs tens of millions of people, continued to shrink, according to the survey.

AGC supplies XCV glass substrate to enable extra-thin LCD TVs

AGC, a world-leading supplier of glass, chemicals, ceramics and other high-tech materials and components, announced that it is supplying manufacturers with a superior glass substrate for light guide plate (LGP), named XCV (pronounced “ex-ive”), that helps reduce the thickness of LCD TVs and displays to about 5 mm. XCV, which offers high transmittance and extended flexibility for designing, has already been adopted for displays marketed by several manufacturers.